What is Overtourism?

Overtourism occurs when there are more tourists attracted to the location than the location can support.

In addition to just being elbow to elbow crowded, infrastructure is also overwhelmed. This  impacts things like garbage removal, transportation services, rest rooms capacity. You get the idea.  The long lines and wait times at venues, restaurants, shows and transportation drives down the tourist satisfaction levels. And then you get cranky tourists.

Home rentals like Airbnb are flourishing and more home and rental property owners are jumping on the bandwagon. The result for the tourist is good. But it also reduces the inventory of rentals available for locals, which drives rent increases. Local stores and restaurants are packed with tourists leaving the locals no place to go that is not packed with tourists.

This chain of events continues on until the charm that initially drew the tourists to the location is gone. It is now replaced by venues all selling the same items and food. And the local crafts and items are replaced by knock off items that are mass produced elsewhere.

Tourism?  Great! Overtourism? No one is happy.

Overtourism Articles

Overtourism occurs when the quantity of tourists negativity impacts the local population by exceeding the ability of a localities tourist capacity and their ability to adequately support the excessive volume of tourists. In addition to crowded spaces and venues, infrastructure is also overwhelmed and cannot manage the trash, waste, transportation, and water requirements. Long lines and wait times at venues, restaurants, shows and transportation drives down the tourists satisfaction.

Overtourism occurs when the quantity of tourists negativity impacts the local population by exceeding the ability of a localities tourist capacity and their ability to adequately support the excessive volume of tourists. In addition to crowded spaces and venues, infrastructure is also overwhelmed and cannot manage the trash, waste, transportation, and water requirements. Long lines and wait times at venues, restaurants, shows and transportation drives down the tourists satisfaction.